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Louisville Kentucky VA Home Loan Mortgage Lender: How to Get Approved for a Kentucky VA Home Mortgag...
Basic Understanding of a Kentucky VA Mortgage Loan Approval Process.
The VA makes a guarantee to the lending institution (the
insurance)-for 25% of the loan amount (from a lenders
perspective the effective LTV is 75%).
Because the risk to the bank is reduced, the bank can provide
more affordable loans to the Veteran:
• Eliminating the need for a down payment (100% Mortgage)
• Provides the Veterans favorable interest rates
• Eliminating Mortgage Insurance (NO PMI)
Crushing the Myths of the VA Loan
• VA Mortgage Benefits do not expire.
• You can use your VA benefits as many times as you wish.
• You can have more than 1 at a time. (See occupancy rules)
• There is no limit to the size of a VA loan. (There is a county
loan limit, but veterans can purchase above the county loan
limit with a 25% down payment)
• Credit and risk is reviewed differently by each bank
• Even with a foreclosure or short sale, the veteran may still be
able to buy a house with a VA loan. (See burnt entitlement,
veteran might have reduced buying power, but can still
use the VA loan). The VA understands that bad things can
happen to good people.
• VA Appraisals are significantly different than they use to be.
What military documents would I need
to have in order to get a VA mortgage?
I don’t know if I still have my documents from when I
served. How can I retrieve them?
There are three websites that should be able to help you, they are:
*If you have difficulty retrieving information from any of these sites,
the local recruiting office for your branch would be able to assist.
I have my discharge paperwork, but would like help
obtaining my Certificate of Eligibility
Contact your lender.
I served, but it was a very long time ago. Do my VA
benefits for a mortgage expire?
No, VA Home Loan benefits never expire. You can use your
VA benefit as long as you’re alive.
I used my VA mortgage along time ago to buy a
home. That means I can’t use it again, right?
The VA Mortgage can be used several times over. If the previous
home was sold, your entitlement should be fully reinstated.
What is the minimum credit score to obtain
a VA mortgage?
The VA does not have a minimum credit score, but lenders will
have their own internal overlay. If your score is greater than 580,
you are likely a candidate for the VA mortgage.
Can I use the VA loan to buy a condo?
You can, with the same terms as buying a detached single family
residence. However, we do have to see if the condo association
is VA approved. Check this website:
I relocated here and have a home in my hometown. I
kept the home and it has a VA mortgage on it now.
Can I get another VA mortgage?
You can get another VA Mortgage. Mortgage
will calculate your remaining entitlement to compute your
maximum loan amount with no money down and/or what
you would have to put down if you exceed the remaining
Can I build a home with a VA Home Loan?
Yes, but there are several clauses that may make this difficult
to accomplish. Many veterans use their VA Home Loan
Certificate of Eligibility to negotiate in good faith a private home
construction loan and then refinance the completed home using
VA Home Loans.
I heard the VA Mortgage was more expensive than
other mortgage types. Is that true?
There is a mandatory funding fee on all VA mortgages (unless
the borrowing veteran is receiving a VA related disability, then
the funding fee is waived). The funding fee is built over and
above the loan amount and the fees are as below.
Minimum credit score
Qualifying for Veteran Home Loans
A Veteran who has used their entitlement to previously purchase a home, may have entitlement left to purchase another one. If you previously purchased a home using your VA Benefits then you might still have some of that “Entitlement” available to you for the purchase a new home. To Calculate Maximum Entitlement available, consider the following:
- If your previous home was purchased using a VA Loan, and that loan was paid off by the new owners, the full entitlement may have been restored.
- If you sold your home to someone, and allowed them to assume your VA Loan, then you might have the full entitlement restored, if one or more of the purchasers were also Veterans.
- If you still own the home, and you are renting it out – you might be able to purchase a new home using your partial entitlement, but there are several restrictions.
VA Loan application
- Copies of your W2 statements for the past two years, so your gross household income can be confirmed,
- Copies of your previous two pay stubs,
- Documentation of other assets (checking accounts, savings accounts, financial investments, trust funds, etc.),
- If self-employed, two years of consecutive tax returns will be required.
- The Veteran also needs to supply their DD 214 and Certificate of Eligibility (COE)
Purchase and construction loans
|Type of Veteran
|First Time Use
|Regular Military, Reserves/National Guard
10% or more
Cash-out refinancing loans
|Type of Veterans
|Percentage for First Time Use
|Percentage for Subsequent Use
|Regular Military, Reserves/National Guard
- The higher subsequent use fee does not apply to these types of loans if the veteran’s only
prior use of entitlement was for a manufactured home loan.
Other types of loans
|Type of Loan
|Percentage for Either Type of Veteran
Whether First Time or Subsequent Use
|Interest Rate Reduction
|Manufactured Home Loans
- Veterans who previously lived in a home they had to then rent out will typically qualify for a no appraisal Interest Rate Reduction Refinance. The Veteran's Administration also allows Veteran Homeowners to refinance from a Conventional loan to a VA mortgage Loan. This process, however, does require an appraisal.
How do collections and charge offs on the credit report affect a Kentucky VA Mortgage Loan Approval?
In order to get approved for a Kentucky VA loan with outstanding collections and charge offs listed on
Collections & Charge Offs are two different things. Below is what VA saying about them:
2 different topics best if you can send me credit to review.
· Charged off accounts generally ignored
· Collection accounts on Federal debt are a big issue so we careful there
· Collections not required to be paid off unless they are extremely high
· Manual Underwrite we do require an LOE from Veteran for collections
· What happened, what they did to resolve, what are they doing in the future to either resolve or to prevent this from happening and finally if they are going to enter into a payment plan or not. Ultimately on the resolution of the collection the UW does not care but VA requires that as part of LOE.
Hope this helps send me credit for full evaluation.
The VA underwriter will want to verify the Kentucky Mortgage Veteran has the ability to pay these items or will want to know how they were paid off before closing.
Any collection or charge off showing as a judgement or lien on the VA mortgage applicant's credit report, must be paid before closing. These affect the title and must be paid before the mortgage is recorded.